Disappointing Choices for Best Pictureby nware-2 | created - 11 Apr 2012 | updated - 11 Apr 2012 | Public
Best Picture Oscar Winners that have not aged that well with superior other films released but snubbed in their respective years. I have reservations about close calls like All About Eve (Sunset Blvd, Rashomon), The Apartment (Psycho, La Dolche Vita), Lawrence of Arabia (To Kill a Mockingbird), The Sound of Music (Doctor Zhivago), Midnight Cowboy (Butch Cassidy), Godfather II (Chinatown), Annie Hall (Star Wars), Driving Miss Daisy (Glory), Unforgiven (The Crying Game), American Beauty (Fight Club, The Matrix, The Green Mile, Eyes Wide Shut, The Sixth Sense) A Beautiful Mind (Mulholland Drive), and No Country for Old Men (There Will Be Blood), but those are all very close so I'll give them a break.
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1. How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Family
At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.
Better films: Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon
2. Going My Way (1944)
Passed | 126 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Father Charles O'Mailey, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior.
Votes: 8,668 | Gross: $16.30M
Better films: Double Indemnity
3. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Not Rated | 170 min | Drama, Romance, War
Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.
Votes: 49,682 | Gross: $23.65M
Better films: It's a Wonderful Life
Great film though
4. An American in Paris (1951)
Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.
Votes: 25,458 | Gross: $4.50M
Better films: A Streetcar Named Desire
Seriously, what the hell were they smoking that night
5. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Not Rated | 152 min | Drama, Family, Romance
The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer are told against a background of circus spectacle.
Votes: 10,801 | Gross: $36.00M
Better films: High Noon
6. Hamlet (1948)
Not Rated | 154 min | Drama
Prince Hamlet struggles over whether or not he should kill his uncle, whom he suspects has murdered his father, the former king.
Better films: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Great film though.
7. Marty (1955)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love meet at a dance and fall for each other.
Better films: Rebel without a Cause
Still a great movie though
8. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
G | 175 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.
Votes: 20,638 | Gross: $42.00M
Better films: The Ten Commandments, Giant.
Awful and boring-to-death film
9. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
Votes: 174,242 | Gross: $44.91M
Better films: Paths of Glory, Witness for the Prosecution, 12 Angry Men
Still a great movie though
10. Gigi (1958)
G | 115 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance
Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long.
Better films: Vertigo, Cat on the Hot Tin Hoof, The Defiant Ones
Good musical though
11. West Side Story (1961)
Not Rated | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy.
Votes: 81,762 | Gross: $43.66M
Better films: The Hustler, Judgment at Nuremberg, Breakfast at Tiffanys.
12. Tom Jones (1963)
Not Rated | 128 min | Adventure, Comedy, History
The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England.
Votes: 9,564 | Gross: $37.60M
Better films: 8 1/2, This Sporting Life
13. My Fair Lady (1964)
G | 170 min | Drama, Family, Musical
A snobbish phonetics professor agrees to a wager that he can take a flower girl and make her presentable in high society.
Votes: 75,141 | Gross: $72.00M
Better films: Dr. Strangelove, Becket
I love Audrey as much as everyone, but still, this wasn't the Best Picture by a long shot
14. A Man for All Seasons (1966)
G | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage.
Votes: 26,300 | Gross: $28.35M
Better films: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Seriously, they should be ashamed for snubbing that one
15. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
Votes: 56,473 | Gross: $24.38M
Better films: Bonnie and Clyde, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate
Still a good movie though
16. Oliver! (1968)
G | 153 min | Drama, Family, Musical
After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.
Votes: 29,239 | Gross: $16.80M
Better films: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rosemary's Baby
17. The French Connection (1971)
R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
Better films: A Clockwork Orange, The Last Picture Show
18. The Sting (1973)
PG | 129 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.
Votes: 204,367 | Gross: $159.60M
Better films: The Exorcist, American Graffiti
Still a great film though, I own it for good reason
19. Rocky (1976)
PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
Votes: 439,416 | Gross: $117.24M
Better films: Network, Taxi Driver
I hate putting it here because it's so great and I really love it back when the character was so fresh and real, but snubbing those other two is unforgivable.
20. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
PG | 105 min | Drama
Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
Votes: 110,532 | Gross: $106.26M
Better films: Apocalypse Now
Great film to be sure, but that year was a travesty
21. Ordinary People (1980)
R | 124 min | Drama
The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.
Votes: 39,485 | Gross: $54.80M
Better films: Raging Bull
Quite a good movie, but seriously, what the hell were they thinking
22. Chariots of Fire (1981)
PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.
Votes: 46,103 | Gross: $58.97M
Better films: On Golden Pond, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Reds
23. Out of Africa (1985)
PG | 161 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
In 20th-century colonial Kenya, a Danish baroness/plantation owner has a passionate love affair with a free-spirited big-game hunter.
Votes: 60,040 | Gross: $87.10M
Better films: The Color Purple
24. The Last Emperor (1987)
PG-13 | 163 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the final Emperor of China.
Votes: 79,467 | Gross: $43.98M
Better films: Full Metal Jacket, Broadcast News, Fatal Attraction, Wall Street
25. Dances with Wolves (1990)
PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western
Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.
Votes: 208,072 | Gross: $184.21M
Better films: Goodfellas, Reversal of Fortune, Misery
26. Forrest Gump (1994)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance
The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.
Votes: 1,472,674 | Gross: $330.25M
Better films: The Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction
Still a remarkable film though
27. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Votes: 840,625 | Gross: $75.60M
Better films: Se7en, Heat, Dead Man Walking, Leaving Las Vegas, Casino, Nixon
It's very good though
28. The English Patient (1996)
R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
Votes: 157,644 | Gross: $78.65M
Better films: Fargo, Fargo, FARGO!!!
29. Titanic (1997)
PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Votes: 890,625 | Gross: $659.33M
Better films: L.A. Confidential
Still a great film in a great year though
30. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.
Votes: 192,405 | Gross: $100.32M
Better films: Saving Private Ryan, American History X, The Thin Red Line, The Truman Show, Pleasantville
31. Chicago (2002)
PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical
Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
Votes: 191,132 | Gross: $170.69M
Better films: Gangs of New York, The Pianist, Adaptation, Far From Heaven
32. Crash (I) (2004)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption.
Votes: 387,480 | Gross: $54.58M
Better films: Capote, Good Night and Good Luck, Munich, Walk the Line, Batman Begins, Brokeback Mountain, North Country, Sin City, A History of Violence, Memoirs of Geisha, Hustle & Flow, Syriana, and just about every other god-damn film that came out that year.
My choice for the single worst Best Picture winner in Oscar history and that covers a LOT of ground.
33. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
R | 120 min | Drama, Romance
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
Votes: 709,999 | Gross: $141.32M
Better films: In Bruges, Revolutionary Road, The Dark Knight, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Doubt
Great film though
34. The Hurt Locker (2008)
R | 131 min | Drama, History, Thriller
During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.
Votes: 371,581 | Gross: $17.02M
Better films: Inglourious Basterds, Precious, The Road, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
I was and still am very happy for Kathryn Bigelow though, she did do a good